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Latest update : 2016-02-25

35-hour week: Do the French really work less?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.02.16: France is famous (or infamous) for its short working week. But in reality, the stereotype of lazy French workers attached to their 35-hour week is an exaggeration.

Introduced in 2000 to boost job creation, the 35-hour working week remains a deeply divisive issue here in France. The right wing and business representatives say it’s the root cause of France’s economic woes. Defenders say it’s improved the well-being of workers and productivity. Over time, the law has been watered down, meaning that on average, French employees work a lot more than 35 hours a week.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2016-07-21 secularism

Laïcité: Is French state secularism too extreme?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 21.07.16: France's brand of secularism – "laïcité" – is often the cause of bitter debates, particularly in the wake of last year’s Charlie Hebdo...

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2016-07-14 France

Bastille Day: A national holiday to celebrate France

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 14.07.16: This week we focus on France's national holiday, known as Bastille Day, which takes place on July 14th. Celebrations are held across the...

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2016-07-07 Medicine

French health care: A much-loved safety net

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 07.07.16: Ranked among the best in the world, France's health care system is the object of national pride and international fascination. Generous and...

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2016-06-30 French culture

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 30.06.16: With a minimum of 30 days of paid leave per year, French people have the reputation of being on holiday a lot. What do they do with these...

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2016-06-23 France

Baccalaureate: The hardest high school exam in the world?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 23.06.16: This week we focus on a rite of passage for French teenagers: sitting the Baccalaureate, the national school-leaving exam commonly known as...

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